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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: pre-shrinking fabric? on: October 03, 2009 02:16:17 AM
Please preshrink your fabric.  You can handwash it in the sink, and air dry it.  You can also try setting the color if it does run by soaking it overnight in a bucket of warm water with a cup of salt dissolved in it.  This works best with cotton fabric. I have a completely unwearable(by me) skirt which I did not preshrink the fabric for.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fray Prevention on: September 21, 2009 09:20:04 AM
Could they be reinforced with iron on backing/interfacing?
23  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: where to find soles? on: September 18, 2009 10:04:21 AM
Place and stick floor tiles can be made into soles by cutting a shoe shape slightly smaller than the shoe top.  They have adhesive on them, and stick well to fabric-very well, so position carefully.  The tiles are 3/$1 at the dollar store, and I can cut a pair of sz 8 soles from one tile.  I sand the bottoms lightly so they are not slippery.  If you want a flat heel, layer 4-5 layers of tile just on the heel area after making the sole.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Estimating Yardage on: September 17, 2009 10:46:14 AM
Visiting the fabric stores and reading yardage needed from pattern envelopes in sizes that would fit me and adding at least half a yard has worked for me. Or if you have patterns you have tried, use the yardage as a guide.  I always buy an extra half yard or yard of fabric.  I use up the remnants in patchwork.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Maternity Clothes Questions... Please Help! on: September 17, 2009 10:37:14 AM
When I was expecting, I wore my regular jeans/pants for 9 months by sewing wide(1.5-2") elastic about 4-5" long to both sides of the waist band on all pants that had a front fly.  The elastic held the pants up against my belly.  I wore long tops to cover the gap.  I found that adding a long band around the bottom of tees in a similar matching or contasting color let me wear many of my regular tees. I bought tees to cut off and use for this at the thrift store  They did get stretched out over the bump, so I got new ones post child.  The tees did fit closely, but I liked that look.  The family budget was really tight, and this freed up some money to buy baby things.  I used to teach at a school especially for pregnant teens, and although I was the English teacher, the home ec teacher askede me to show the students how I had done this.  I actually was pregnant while teaching at this school, and so the students saw that it worked.
26  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Umbrellas? Any ideas? on: September 08, 2009 03:10:05 PM
If you enter "umbrella skirt" in the search box on the Craftster site, you will find tutorials on how to make a skirt from an umbrella.
27  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Shoe Tutorial VERY IMG HEAVY! on: August 27, 2009 10:28:52 AM
You could try making soles out of place and stick vinyl tiles.  They can be bought at the dollar or home improvement store, have adhesive on one side to stick to the fabric of the shoe, and can be cut with scissors.  You can make the soles double or triple thickness if you want.  Make a pattern of your foot/shoe bottom, cut out, stick to shoe, trimming if necessary.  The tile is meant to be walked on, and is quite durable.  The only problem I have encountered is that if you make double or triple soles, they are stiff.  So I stick to one thickness.  Hope this helps.
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone here make jewelry with pewter components? on: July 02, 2009 11:41:46 AM
Have used pewter charms and findings with no problems to date.  Just be sure to purchase lead free pewter.
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! I need storage advise!!! on: July 02, 2009 11:29:47 AM
I have all my beads, findings etc. in zip lock baggies inside dollar store shoe boxes stacked in a storage tote which sits in my basement until the urge to create strikes.  Each box is labeled with contents, ie: seed beads, charms.  2 totes do it for me. 1 tote beads, 1 tote findings. hope this helps.

If you decide to go with the type of storage you pictured, check a hardware store for a nuts and bolts storage unit.  Have one with 36 drawers, and cost less than the Firemountain ones.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: The Purple Monstrosity, also known as My Formal Dress on: January 23, 2009 12:49:52 PM
For your designer name, how about "Ghana Gowns" or "Ghana Girl" ?
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